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First casting announced for Knights of the Rose

Adam Pearce

Casting news

FIRST casting has been announced for the new musical Knights of the Rose, which runs at the Arts Theatre from July 5 (previews from June 29) to August 26, 2018.

Leading the noble Knights is Adam Pearce (King Aethelstan) who is joined by Chris Cowley (Palamon), Oliver Saville (Hugo), Rebecca Bainbridge (Queen Matilda/Bess), Rebekah Lowings (Isabel), Matt Thorpe (Horatio), Ruben Van keer (John), Katie Birtill (Hannah) and Bleu Woodward (Emily).

Ian Gareth-Jones, Kelly Hampson and Tom Bales make up the ensemble.

Knights of the Rose is a classic rock musical of Shakespearean proportions and features legendary ballads and timeless anthems from Bon Jovi, Muse, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, No Doubt and many more.

In this epic tale of love, betrayal and sacrifice, the noble Knights of the Rose must defend their House and their honour. Even as the chivalrous Knights return from a glorious victory, a greater threat against the kingdom stirs. As they face the greatest battle of the Age, and betrayal threatens to tear them apart, can true love and honour triumph?

Directed by Racky Plews and created by Jennifer Marsden, this new musical is woven from a rich tapestry of literature and high-voltage classic rock.

Adam Pearce’s theatre includes: Max Von Meyerling in Sunset Boulevard (UK Tour), understudied and played Javert and Thenardier in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre), Officer Barrel and understudied and played Cladwell in the original UK and London cast of Urinetown (St James Theatre), created the role Octavius Crabbe and understudied Ignacio in the original cast of The Light Princess (National Theatre), understudy Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd (Adelphi and Chichester Festival Theatre) and created the role of Squelch in the original cast of Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre).

Other credits include A Tale Of Two Cities (Brighton Theatre Royal), Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Evita (Adelphi Theatre), Alice in Wonderland (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Aladdin (Milton Keynes and Richmond Theatres). He has also appeared in the films The Current War and Les Miserables.

Oliver Saville’s theatre includes: Vocalist (Lead) in I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical (West End), Robert in Company (AAC), Fiyero in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre), Max in The Navigator (Phoenix Theatre), Wayne in LMTO’s State Fair (Cadogan Hall), 1st Cover Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), The Rum Tum Tugger in Cats (No1 UK Tour) and Fueilly/1st Cover Enjolras in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre).

Chris Cowley’s theatre includes: Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever (The English Theatre Frankfurt), Fiyero in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre), Jamie in The Last Five Years (New Wolsey, Ipswich), Enjolras in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre) and The Barricade Boys (UK Tour).

Rebecca Bainbridge

Rebecca Bainbridge’s theatre includes: Oranges and Elephants (Hoxton Hall), Female Musician in The Terrible Infants (Wiltons Music Hall), u/s Donna Sheridan, Tanya and Rosie in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales/Novello Theatre), Rita in Partners in Crime (Queens Theatre), Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures Underground (The Vaults), Nurse Flinn and Sandra in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Leicester Curve), Cabaret (Lyric Theatre/West End Cast Recording) and Jailhouse Rock (Piccadilly Theatre).

Bleu Woodward’s theatre includes: Nicola in Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre), Alice Russell in Lizzie (Frederica Teater, Denmark/Greenwich Theatre), Diva in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (UK tour/New Zealand), Oh! What a Lovely War directed by Terry Johnson (Theatre Royal Stratford East/UK tour); South Pacific directed by Bartlett Sher (Barbican/UK tour); Lisa and u/s Sophie in Mamma Mia! (International tour).

Ruben Van keer’s theatre includes: Strat in Bat Out Of Hell (London Coliseum/Manchester Opera House), Wolfgang Mozart in Mozart! (Belgium) and Bernstein in Dogfight (Netherlands).

Katie Birtill’s theatre includes: Cathy in The Last Five Years, Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity (The New Wolsey Theatre), Madeline in By Jeeves (The Old Laundry), Diva in Priscilla Queen of The Desert (UK Tour), Sue in Dreamboats and Petticoats (UK Tour), Hayley in Jet Set Go! (Theatre 503) and Maid Marian in Robin Hood (Marlowe Theatre).

Matt Thorpe’s theatre includes: Johnny in American Idiot (UK Tour/Arts Theatre), Joe Pesci in Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre), Swing and Cover Calileo in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Swing and Cover Corny Collins in Hairspray (UK Tour) and Swing in High School Musical 2 (UK Tour).

Rebekah Lowings’ theatre includes: featured ensemble/cover Alice in Dick Whittington (London Palladium), Tashtigo in Moby Dick (Union Theatre) Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and International Tour), Julie in Theory of Relativity (Drayton Arms) and Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK tour).

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